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In 2011, green became gold. New Jersey’s Green Acres Program, part of the Department of Environmental Protection, celebrated its 50th year - and we couldn't have done it without you.
Whether you enjoy riding a bike along an old canal path, walking the dog in your city park, watching songbirds flitter around a wild meadow, going for a long hike in the woods, launching your boat in a lake for a relaxing day of fishing, or simply watching your kids have fun at the neighborhood playground, your life has undoubtedly been touched many times over by the DEP’s Green Acres Program.
Green Acres has helped to preserve over 1.2 million acres of New Jersey’s natural landscape, protecting water quality and wildlife habitat and providing the public with parks, beaches, historic sites and natural areas to enjoy in perpetuity. The just-released New Jersey Open Space Map provides a stunning visual and details about where these properties are located and how they are administered.
To date, New Jersey residents can enjoy hundreds of properties either acquired or improved with Green Acres funding, which are the state’s green nuggets of gold. How would you recognize a Green Acres property? Many of the sites visibly display the Green Acres sign for visitors. To learn more about Green Acres funded properties in your municipality, visit the Open Space Database. Or, visit any of New Jersey’s State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas or Marina’s because Green Acres funds have been used to supplement most of these properties.
New Jersey’s Green Acres Program is a national leader in open space preservation. You, our residents, have consistently declared that access to recreation facilities and nature preserves is of utmost importance - as witnessed by the consistent passage of ballot initiatives since 1961.
Celebrate this year-long golden opportunity! Visit a Green Acres property near you or sign up to receive Green Acres Anniversary e-announcements about the upcoming Green Acres photography contest, special events and other activities.
Thank you New Jersey residents and voters, for your continued vision,
support and enjoyment of the state’s Green Acres Program. Green Acres…forever yours!